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Hornchurch Cricket Club and Brentwood Cricket Club have mixed emotions after draws in Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 June 2016

Hornchurch's Marc Whitlock (left) looks on with captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch's Marc Whitlock (left) looks on with captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Leaders drop to second after clash with Chelmsford abandoned while Brentwood frustrated by weather against Chingford

Hornchurch's Tom Moore top scored in their match with Chelmsford (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch's Tom Moore top scored in their match with Chelmsford (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch lost their place at the top of the Essex League Premier Division, but were thankful for the rain at Chelmer Park.

After Roy Smith loss the toss against Chelmsford and his side were made to bat first, the leaders scuppered to 74 all out.

Chelmsford, who won the division last year, reached 64-3 in reply off nine overs, but had to settle for six points as the game was abandoned.

With conditions tricky, Hornchurch made a poor start with the bat as Jamie Sorrell was run out for just three by Aaron Beard.

The in-form Billy Gordon went for a third-ball duck after Anthony Hill bowled him to leave the visitors on 8-2.

West Indian Rashidi Boucher only last seven balls having scored one before opener Paul Murray went for nine off 24 balls. Smith followed for two as Hornchurch were 17-5 and in serious trouble at the home of the champions.

Without Paul Walter, who was in T20 action for Essex, Tom Moore, another to represent the county this year, stepped up and tried to salvage the inninggs.

Dean Skipper was run out by Ben Clifford, but Moore joined forces with Richard Burd who has featured regularly for the second team this season.

The pair put on 36 for the seventh wicket before Burd went for 22 off 28 balls having hit two fours and one six. Moore was out for 27 having lasted 75 balls to leave Hornchurch on 71-8 and their innings was soon brought to an end.

Marc Whitlock and Myles Wells were dismissed by Hill as the Division One champions were all out for 74. Chelmsford set about reaching their target, but Gordon made the breakthrough when he bowled Dan Hagen.

Moore followed it up by getting rid of Nick Prowting to leave the hosts on 24-2, but Clifford was going well at the other end.

Gordon (2-28) got another wicket before the rain stopped play during tea and Hornchurch were able to gain six points as the match was abandoned.

The weather heavily affected Brentwood’s Premier Division clash at home to Chingford as both teams settled for a draw.

Joe Buttleman won the toss and made the away team bat first, which would prove to be a decent decision. Charlie Griffiths (2-33) claimed a brace of scalps while Max Osborne got rid of Kishen Patel.

Peter McDermott (27) and Alfie Taylor (33) rebuilt the innings for Chingford before the former was run out by Jake Wickham.

Taylor was the first of two victims for Tom Oakley and Osborne returned to finish with figures of 3-25 as the visitors 150-8 off 41 overs.

Rain forced a Duckworth-Lewis target of 154 for Brentwood off 41 overs, but they could only get through five overs.

Oakley was unbeaten on six while Aaron West had continued his good form by reaching 19 off just 14 balls.

Brentwood had to settle for six points and are sixth in the table while Hornchurch have dropped to second.

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